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Jolanta Zawadzka vs Elisabeth Paehtz
Women's World Chess Championship (2010), Antakya TUR, rd 1, Dec-05
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Dec-06-10
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  alexmagnus: Incredible. This must be the first time <ever> at any level both sides miss <three mates in two and one mate in three> and the game ends <draw>. The moves from 59 onwards must me the longest blackout ever ;)
Dec-06-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: The only likely explanation is that both players must have been desperately short of time by move 59.
Dec-06-10
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  Gilmoy: Maybe Paehtz didn't miss it, and really played <59..Rg5> (not Ra5), stopping 60.Ng6+ Kg8 61.Rg7#. 60..Ba8 doesn't hang the B because Black can interpose Rg8.

After 61.Kd4 White's K is now close enough to support f6, so Black can't trade Rooks. Hence 61..Bf3 escapes the fire, allowing the zigzag starting with 62..Kh7.

Dec-31-10  ReikiMaster: It would not be the first misprint. 16...Ba6 17.Rfd1 Qe7 18.Nd3 Bb6 19.b3 c5 looks good for black. 26.Nh5 was a nice equalizing tactic.
Dec-31-10
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  Phony Benoni: This one may be a combination of time pressure and typos.

2400 players simply do not miss mate in two several times in a row, regardless of the time situation. Well, OK, you can probably find a real example, but 99% of the time a typo is more likely.

And I think we may have several typos here. Let's consider that 59...Rg5 is correct, leaving this position:


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Now 60.Kd4 is White's best move, keeping the bishop off the a2-g8 diagonal.

After 60.Rc7 Ba8 is a dreadful blunder. Not only can White win the exchange with 61.Rc8+ Rg8 62.Ng6+ Kh7 63.Nf8+, but simply 61.f7 wins on the spot with no rigmarole at all (61..Rf5 62.Ng6+ Kg7 63.f8Q+ and double check).

60...Bd5 would make sense in two ways; it covers the crucial diagonal, and it explains why White played 61.Kd4.

There's a problem, though, because now 61...Bf3 is another blunder, allowing 62.f7 again. So I suspect 61...Bb3 was actually played, when the continuation finally makes sense. That's where I think time pressure may have come in. This position--after the presumed sequence <59...Rg5 60.Rc7 Bd5 61.Kd4 Bb3>:


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Is still favorable for White, but it's not a slam dunk and she decided to be prudent.

Obviously assuming all of these typos is a huge leap of faith, but I feel it's still more likely than the sequence in the game. I wouldn't expect that from players rated 1400, much less 2400.

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